In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Angelic Style Owl Warrior with Fractal Brushes in Photoshop. Along the way, I will show you a few interesting tricks in creating some abstract patterns around the warrior, as well as the use of fractal brushes to decorate the image. Have a try!

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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Ok let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you need to the following stocks:

Model

Fractal Brush

Grungy Brush (choose one from the list)

Smoke Brush

Owl

Step 1

Create a new document sized 800px * 1100px with black background, use a soft white brush to paint some ground pattern as shown below:

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Add some cloud above the ground. You can use a 30px feather Lasso Tool to draw a selection, then render some cloud with the cloud filter inside the selection. Reduce the layer opacity to around 40 for the cloud layer:

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Step 2

Load the model image into Photoshop, select the model with quick selection tool, copy and paste it onto our canvas, resize it to fit:

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Use the magic wand tool to remove the undesired parts:

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Also erase the edge of the feet a bit with a small soft eraser:

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Paint some shadow under the feet with a soft black brush:

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Use the grungy brush you downloaded, set the brush opacity and flow to around 40%, paint some texture to the body to make it look a bit dirty:

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Step 3

Add the following 3 adjustment layers on the model layer (as clipping mask):

Black and White

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Curves

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Levels

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and here is the effect so far:

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Step 4

Create a new layer under the model layer, grab a 1px brush with the following settings:

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Use this brush, paint on the edges of the body to create a rough effect:

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Once you finish the painting, duplicate this layer and apply the following motion blur settings:

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Reduce the layer opacity of this motion blur layer to around 40%, and here is the effect:

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Step 5

Use the Fractal brush you downloaded, paint some fractal pattern on the image:

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Load the owl image into Photoshop, select the owl head with quick selection tool:

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Paste the selection onto our image, cover the human head area, use a soft eraser to get rid of the edges of the owl header:

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Add a Black and White adjustment layer as a clipping mask to this owl layer:

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and here is the effect so far:

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Step 6

Now let’s make too wings with cloud. Use the Lasso Tool (with 40px feather) to draw a selection, render some cloud in it, then warp it as shown below: (to form a wing shape)

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Duplicate this wing layer, rotate it and move it to the right:

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Create a new layer, grab a soft white brush, paint some highlights on the tip of the Axe:

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Use the smoke brush you downloaded, paint some smoke patterns on the body, adjust the brush size when you paint:

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and here is the effect so far:

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Step 7

Now we can do some final tweaks to the image. Use a 30px Feather Lasso Tool t make a selection on the position shown below:

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Maintaining this selection, add a new Levels adjustment layer on top of all previous layers:

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Use a 30px Feather Lasso Tool t make a selection on the position shown below:

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Maintaining this selection, add a new Levels adjustment layer on top of all previous layers:

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and here is the effect so far:

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That’s pretty much it! I added a few warm colours onto the image by creating a new layer (with “color” layer blending mode) on top of all previous layers. Here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

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Please feel free to experiment with your own colour combination, there is no need to stick with my colour scheme.

Ok that’s it for this tutorial! Just one last word: always try out different layer blending modes and see what effect that bring you! Sometimes you will be surprised to see some real cool effects :)

I hope you enjoy it and find it useful and inspirational!

Until next time, have a nice day!